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The Fall of the House of Usher
Transcript of The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe
“I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit”
~Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
Our Narrator goes to visit his old
-Awkward childhood with him
Description of house and Usher
-Usher and sister
Mentally and physically
-Not actually dead
Fall of Usher
-House and family
House as character/symbol
-Usher knows she's alive
-Narrator thinks she is alive
Evil at its core
-Lives of Ushers, incest
-Usher doesn't trust outsiders
but lets narrator in
Narrator part of the story
Potentially can't be trusted
-Doesn't understand what or why
Why is he there?
Is she dead?
Why the house the way it is?
Art and music
-Secrets, Incest, History
-Deceiving/not what they seem
-Poe and wife
Usher and Poe's lives go
-Poe's parents die young, bad childhood
Family line obsession with
Poe's obsessive quest for
Usher and sister relationship
Elements of the Story:
"Coming to an end"
Microcosm for what is
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Watson, Noelle. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Overview." Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Detroit: St. James, 1994. N. pag. Print.
Cook, Jonathan A. "Poe and the Apocalyptic Sublime: "The Fall of the House of Usher"" Papers on Language and Literature. Literature Resource Center, Winter 2011. Web. 18 Nov. 2012.